Post by Eorl @ 08:28am 17/12/13 | 304 Comments
Steam Early Access in a surprise release to the world.
Originally launching in 2012 as a spin-off mod for popular army strategy FPS ArmA 2, DayZ gained mass appeal very rapidly with over one million people to date having played the mod. Creator Dean "Rocket" Hall announced at the end of 2012 that a standalone version was in the works that would bring together what the mod made popular in a more cohesive design, allowing further support for grand ideas like building bases or better zombie AI.
Those looking to purchase the game will find that DayZ Standalone is available at $29.99, though Hall recently stated that he will adopt the business model of games like Minecraft, with the price increasing as it moves from Alpha, to Beta, to Release. As always with Early Access games on Steam, Hall has provided a stern warning that the game is far from finished, and will contain a multitude of bugs. Servers especially are currently locked down, with users unable to host their own at all.
"DayZ Early Access is your chance to experience DayZ as it evolves throughout its development process. Be aware that our Early Access offer is a representation of our core pillars, and the framework we have created around them. It is a work in progress and therefore contains a variety of bugs. We strongly advise you not to buy and play the game at this stage unless you clearly understand what Early Access means and are interested in participating in the ongoing development cycle.”
Post by Dan @ 04:57pm 16/12/13 | 0 Comments
Post by Dan @ 01:19pm 16/12/13 | 0 Comments
But there's hope! That hole in your digital truckin' life might soon be getting filled, as a team of Polish modders are working on bringing multiplayer to the game. Connnnnvvvoooooy!
"ETS2MP is an upcoming mod for the game Euro Truck Simulator allowing you to participate in convoys with people from all over the world on our Global Servers! Make new friends as you venture around Europe ensuring that you stick to the time limits or your company might get a fine! Trucking could never be more real with the use of a CB Radio to communicate with the others around you, however don't forget mistakes can cost you! Also within ETS2MP's global servers there will be extra custom maps available for you to drive too such as the 'Meeting Point' created especially for special events."You know you want it! Watch the trailer below, and a Youtube video of what should be the soundtrack for every video recorded from this mod (thanks PC Gamer, then head over to the ModDB project page of the team's official website for more details.
Post by Dan @ 11:19am 16/12/13 | 3 Comments
Referred to as the Battlefield 4 Armoured Division, the decommissioned military vehicle been kitted out with 6 high-performance gaming PC stations, in partnership with custom PC retailer Origin PC, which EA will be rolling around the country to demo Battlefield 4 at expos and . It was reportedly acquired from Russia, and while we're told it's still drivable (under intensely strict conditions), the weapons systems are presumably no longer functional.
EA will be touring Australia throughout 2014 to promote Battlefield 4 and it's five scheduled DLC expansions China Rising, Second Assault, Naval Strike, Dragon’s Teeth, and Final Stand.
No specific dates and places for its public appearances have been confirmed yet, but will likely appear on this official page over at originpc.com.au.
Post by Dan @ 10:49am 16/12/13 | 3 Comments
Fusible have been sniffing the US Patent and Trademark Office again and have discovered a couple of new filings by Ubisoft as well as corresponding Internet domain name registrations by same for a game titled Battle of Heroes: Land of Immortals (thanks VG247).
Battle of Heroes: Land of Immortals (1): “Entertainment services namely providing an on-line computer game for others over global and local area computer networks and providing information on-line relating to computer games and video games.”The name clearly sounds so sterotypically MOBA/ARTS, in the vein of Heroes of Newerth, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends, and MOBAs are still so hot right now.
Could it be a lane-based action strategy game padded with Ubisoft heroes like Sam Fisher, Rayman and Prince of Persia? That might be a bit too weird, but let's wait and see what eventuates.
Post by Dan @ 10:36am 16/12/13 | 4 Comments
spoke with Nancy Tellem -- a former TV executive who is now the President of Entertainment and Digital Media at Microsoft -- about the company's venture into original TV programming on the Xbox platform, reportedly confirming that the first of its new shows will start screening over Xbox Live on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in early 2014 (thanks VG247).
“We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” said TellemThe highest profile original programming in the works is obviously the Stephen Speilberg produced Halo project announced during E3, but there has also been talk of interactive NFL football programming and Alan Wake/Max Payne developer Remedy Entertainment's upcoming Xbox One exclusive game will have a transmedia scripted drama offering also expected to be delivered over the new service.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:22am 16/12/13 | 0 Comments
"We had a core team. They had a good vision. They got started, and then the game wasn't working. So [they had] to start again," Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc told IGN. "Now they’re going to have the benefit of the new consoles, if and when it comes out. It’s one of those examples where you try, it doesn’t work, you try again. If it doesn’t work, we’re not going to bring it to you.
"Could it become a shooter with another name in the end, because the team doesn't want to do counter-terrorist guys? Say they want to be in a mercenary setting? That's possible," he added.
No actual gameplay for Patriots has ever seen the night of day, however, a pre-rendered video showcasing the team's ambitious vision for the next installment in the beloved series created quite a bit of buzz a while back. Watch it embedded below.
Post by Dan @ 04:24pm 14/12/13 | 12 Comments
We did have encounter a few hurdles trying to navigate the rather limited hardware requirements of this initial build, but managed to get it up and running, playing several games, supporting a wired Xbox 360 controller, with audio and other system devices working surprisingly well out of the box.
By default, the SteamOS system boots directly into the Steam Client, which is both visually and functionally very similar to Steam's Big Picture mode on Windows, with some additional OS hooks. If you then enable the option to exit to the desktop, you can quit the client and drop out to a traditional Gnome Desktop Environment. To save yourself the hassle of navigating the install process to see a brand new bare-bones operating system, check out this pair of videos we captured of the current SteamOS user interface experience below.
If you do still want to download it yourself, you can find out local download links here in this post.
Download SteamOS "SteamOS v1.0 Steam Client" Direct Feed Video
Download SteamOS "SteamOS v1.0 Desktop" Direct Feed Video
A an added bonus, click the thumbs below for three wallpaper-sized images found within the debut build of SteamOS. The first one is the default wallpaper in the SteamOS desktop environment, the second the splash screen seen during boot, and the third is from the installer.
Post by Eorl @ 01:16pm 14/12/13 | 0 Comments
8BitMMO is a retro-style 2D massively multiplayer game! It's a giant construction sandbox -- you can build a home or a castle in a persistent streaming world. Found and manage your own city. Fight evil LawyerCats and engage in Player vs Player battle.You can find more on the title over at the Steam page, and those interested will find the game running at $9.99 though a Steam Founder's Pack Deluxe is also available at $19.99 and includes 5,040 gold, 36 plat, and two exclusive hats.
Post by Eorl @ 12:28pm 14/12/13 | 5 Comments
through their blog the free games heading to PlayStation Plus subscribers, with titles like DMC Devil May Cry and Borderlands 2 heading to PlayStation 3 users come January.
Starting 8th January 2014 PlayStation 4 users will get access to Klei Entertainment's survival game Don't Starve, with 24th December offering both Borderlands 2 and DmC Devil May Cry to PlayStation 3 users. Those on Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld will get access to Japan Studio's Soul Sacrifice and fighting game Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend from December 24th.
As a reminder, the titles leaving PlayStation Plus on 24th December are Grid 2, Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen and Sonic and All-stars Racing Transformed. On 8th January Contrast leaves PlayStation 4 so make sure you grab them up now to add to your ever-growing backlog of games.
Post by Dan @ 12:14pm 14/12/13 | 7 Comments
AusGamers now has a download mirror for the 960MB installer right here, or you can get it directly from Valve's official repository.
A new sitelet on the Steam website explains the current state of the software, cautioning that in it's current form it's very much for tinkering enthusiasts only, and non-technical users should steer well clear for the time being.
So, what is SteamOS Beta?Importing points of note for those considering checking it out:
Update: You can now also download the 2.41GB SteamOS System Restore installation option here from AusGamers.
Post by Eorl @ 11:46am 14/12/13 | 0 Comments
The announcement comes from Xbox Live's Major Nelson, who also revealed new details on the very first DLC you can expect for Dead Rising 3. Titled Operation Eagle, the new DLC will put you in the boots of Spec Ops Commander Adam Kane who is given a mission that "challenges everything he believes in" — he has to find and capture the President of the United States. It will contain that mission plus five new weapons to tinker with, a new combo weapon, a new vehicle, an outfit and additional Gamerscore.
As opposed to Nick, who is relatively good willed in nature facing military opposition, Adam is a by the books soldier with a crew of Spec Ops fighting for him. You get to take on some over the top military weapons and an armored vehicle that spews bullets. You get to take on missions that go against what Nick would have fought for, but as you discover through the story you can also relate to how Adam struggles to follow through on his difficult orders.Capcom's executive producer Josh Bridge revealed that this DLC is only the first of four planned, all revolving around the Untold Stories of Los Perdidos experiences. Each episode will focus on a new individual, one who is trying to survive in parallel with the game's original protagonist Nick Ramos.
Dead Rising 3's demo is now available on Xbox One and the Operation Eagle DLC will be dated at a later time, with a price point of $9.99 though is also included in the Season Pass. You can read up more on the DLC at Major Nelson's blog post.
Post by Eorl @ 11:27am 14/12/13 | 3 Comments
Alien: Isolation developer The Creative Assembly has been quiet on the project for some time now, but recently two art assets were leaked online, sending the Internet into a haze trying to uncover just what exactly to expect. Now four new screenshots have found their way online.
These four new images were apparently leaked through Twitter, with Eurogamer confirming their validity however Sega is refusing to comment on the leaks. Currently nothing official has ever been said on the game, though it is being reported that it will revolve around Amanda Ripley, daughter of the Ellen Ripley, who was famously played by Sigourney Weaver in the movies.
Earlier in October Kotaku reported that the game is still in development, and supposedly a first-person shooter "that uses both stealth and horror elements; and it's inspired by games like Dishonored and Bioshock." The game is said to be coming to both past-gen and new-gen consoles (presumably PC as well) sometime next year. Check out the shots below.
Post by Dan @ 09:45am 14/12/13 | 4 Comments
mentioned earlier this week in an official blog post that its ambitious Linux-based operating system would be made available for download on December 13 2013. Given that at the time of this post it's around 2:45pm in Seattle, Valve Time anomalies notwithstanding that means those of us in Eastern Australia should find it online before dinner time today.
Assuming it's permitted, we'll do our best to get a local download mirror up here on AusGamers, but while we wait, let's talk about what we know about SteamOS. Despite it's potential significance to PC gaming we actually don't know a whole lot.
Since it's announcment in late September, Valve has offered very little elaboration beyond the initial overview that outlined its intentions to bring the open systems of PC gaming (sans Microsoft Windows) into the living room with a host of media features and a community-driven philosophy.
With SteamOS, “openness” means that the hardware industry can iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than they’ve been able to. Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love. SteamOS will continue to evolve, but will remain an environment designed to foster these kinds of innovation.Early media reports from press that have had an opportunity to preview a functioning Steam Machine have focused more on the prototype hardware and Steam Controller than functionality of the OS, even though it's the arguably the most important factor.
Marlimim over at SteamDB has compiled a pretty comprehensive list of everything gleamed so far from comments made by Valve and bits and pieces found in beta versions of the Steam client. Valve itself has cautioned users that are not "intrepid Linux hackers" to hold off until later in 2014 to try it out, suggesting it will be very raw until the Linux community are able to start getting other common applications working on it. If you don't care if it's a bit rough around the edges, stay tuned for a download link as soon as we have it.
Update: SteamDB reports that SteamOS has now been pushed to the official repository. A 960MB installer can be downloaded here (although it's currently experiencing connection issues, presumably to excessive demand): and it's based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy . A Github tracker has been established here and a list of installed packages here.
Update 2: An official FAQ is now online .
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.Update 3: AusGamers now has a local download mirror for SteamOS Installer v1.0 (Alchemist) (SteamOSInstaller.zip) right here. Have at it folks.
Post by Eorl @ 05:31pm 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
“We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on Fable Anniversary. “It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”As enticement to revisiting Albion and the previous console generation, the game will include a "Launch Day Weapons & Outfits Pack." The highlight in there is "a lute weapon," because next to a keyblade, just incase you wanted to rock out while hitting your enemies.
Post by Dan @ 03:47pm 13/12/13 | 23 Comments
Andreessen also currently sits on the board of other high profile tech companies such as Facebook, eBay and HP, so his support of Oculus is a pretty massive vote of confidence in the company from someone that has picked some serious winners in his time.
Tech publication Wired reports on comments from 'sources close to the conversation', that "the funding is based on a valuation of more than $250 million".
It is the largest investment thus far in Oculus, a company founded last year by 19-year-old Palmer Luckey. (The Rift first surfaced at the E3 videogame trade show last summer, when legendary programmer John Carmack brought a duct-taped prototype to the show.) Luckey envisioned the Rift as a DIY kit for hobbyists; but after bringing on two partners, Oculus began selling an early version to software developers through Kickstarter in August 2012.The move is expected to spur the development of a consumer version of the still prototyping Oculus Rift head-mounted display, and the conversation suggests that launch intentions are aimed at 2014.
Our own impressions of the currently available devkit prototype reflect the reserved experience described by Chris Dixon above, so if things have improved as much as his comments suggest, we can't wait to try out a consumer-ready device.
Post by Eorl @ 03:28pm 13/12/13 | 21 Comments
The single-player DLC comprises nine missions, in which players take on the role of former slave Adewale. Now first mate to blond buccaneer Edward Kenway, Adewale finds himself washed up in Haiti, or as it was back then, the French-owned colony of Saint-Domingue, a land itself plagued by slavery. Although he begins unarmed and crewless, Adewale finds new weapons in a machete and blunderbuss gun, as well as a personal reason to fight.
"We're still true to how his character was established in Black Flag," said AC4 Lead Writer Jill Murray on Ubisoft's blog. "He's not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He's Adéwale. He's the character we know. He has the wit that we've come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He's matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story."
Those interest in the new DLC will find it available at a standalone price of $9.99, though it is also included in the $19.99 Season Pass.
Post by Eorl @ 02:28pm 13/12/13 | 7 Comments
Anyone who was previously in the very closed off Friends & Family beta will find their access automatically granted to the closed beta, and if you are looking at copying your already existing character over from vanilla Diablo 3 you can do so, though only once every 72 hours.
"As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning," reads a note from Blizzard in the beta FAQ. "We'll provide information regarding extended downtimes, should they occur, in the Reaper of Souls General Feedback forum."
Beta participants will find the closed beta contains all the content in the expansion, including the final boss fight. Blizzard are using this testing phase to gather further bug reports and tweak all the new content coming in the first expansion.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is expected to launch sometime in 2014. For more on the expansion check out our latest interview with lead level designer Matthew Berger on all things Nephalem.
Post by Eorl @ 12:42pm 13/12/13 | 2 Comments
Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.The mobile title also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression.
Get your Grove Street life on through Apple's App Store for $7.49, which is available on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Post by Dan @ 12:15pm 13/12/13 | 4 Comments
Nordic Games and Uber Entertainment were going to announce one of those taxi startups, but sending suited Scandinavians around the world to deliver new games turned out to be WAY too expensive. Who knew! Instead, the two gaming giants are announcing an exciting partnership to bring the retail version of Planetary Annihilation to market, as well as a non-exclusive partnership to handle the online release.Billed as somewhat of a spiritual successor to Total Annihilation guys from a team littered with former TA devs, Planetary Annihilation is currently kicking it beta form on Steam Early Access and the Humble Store, but an official release date for the completed game remains as "when it's done".